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Abolishing The Electoral College Would Be A Mistake
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has reignited the debate over the Electoral College -- she wants to get rid of it, naturally. I say "reignited" because this is a very old argument. To paraphrase Billy Joel, Warren didn't start this fire; this debate's been bur
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Learning from New Zealand
New Zealand is a sliver compared to the United States in land mass. It is not a military superpower or an economic hegemon. And yet by another measure -- let's call it political maturity -- New Zealand has left the United States in the dust. A mere s
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Putting Our Better Angels To Work
Nationalists -- white or otherwise -- need "invasions" on a regular basis in order to stay revved up and equal to the cause. Thus: "We are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history," the New Zealand killer (whose name I will no
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A Harsh President
President Trump made a rare appearance at a church last Sunday. It's a safe bet the sermon was not based on Proverbs 15:1 -- "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." If it was, it didn't appear to have much effect. Before
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Donald Trump is no John McCain
Credit former Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen, Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 1988, for one of the most memorable moments in modern political history. In their one debate, when GOP candidate Dan Quayle compared himself to President John F. Ken
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The Road Goes Where The Road Goes
People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked. But they have no right to be. After all, the road goes where the road goes. If you travel southbound U.S. 1 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Key West. If you stay on no
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Beto-mania A Prime Example Of Our Cult-of-personality Politics
Robert "Beto" O'Rourke's biggest fans and supporters insist he is a forward-thinking, future-oriented visionary, but no contender for the Democratic nomination feels more familiar than the former three-term congressman from El Paso. That's because he
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The New Zealand massacre
Last week in New Zealand, a self-avowed white supremacist targeted two mosques and streamed his bloody killing spree on social media. There are at least three condemnations that should result from the massacre. The first condemnation is for the act i
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While Trump Denies Influence Of Hate Groups, White Nationalists Appeal To Alienated Young Men
By now, no one should be surprised to hear that the 28-year-old white supremacist who is accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, cites this country's president, Donald Trump, as his inspiration. "Were/are you a suppo
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Hmmm. Imagine If Obama Hadn't Been Such A Boy Scout
Turning back the clock of history to wonder, "What if Barack Obama had been more like Donald Trump?" In a stunning defiance of a long-standing tradition, Democratic presidential frontrunner Barack Obama refuses to make public his federal tax returns.
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A Moral Issue We Should All Worry About
If you think you're angry now, wait till you read the court documents. Not that the summaries of a college cheating scandal so massive it briefly bumped Donald Trump from the "Breaking News" chyrons were not enough to make a nun cuss. Indeed, the sto
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Something's Wrong When The Diploma Is Worth More Than The Education
The college admissions scandal should be the populist issue of our time. Most of the talk in our politics about how "the system is rigged" is incredibly abstract and symbolic. But this is infuriatingly concrete. On Tuesday, the Justice Department rev
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To Win In 2020, Dems Must Take On A Party, Not A Man
Anyone who has ever been jilted can relate to the words of wisdom employed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "He's just not worth it," Pelosi said of the visceral, deep-seated desire of so many to see President Donald Trump humiliated by impeachment. Pe
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Artificial Morality
Artificial Intelligence is one thing. Artificial morality is another. It may sound something like this: "First, we believe in the strong defense of the United States and we want the people who defend it to have access to the nation's best technology,
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Why Take Impeachment Off The Table?
It's no surprise that talk of impeachment is in the air in Washington. The only surprise is that it hasn't started yet. After all, the drums of impeachment started beating on November 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump was elected, quickened once he
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Why Socialism Fails
One of the rotten fruits produced by what passes for today's American education system is the ignorance some young people have about socialism. According to a new Harris Poll given exclusively to Axios, the news and information website, Generation Z
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63red Safe Offers Safe Haven For Trumpers
So I go to my barber for a shave. While I'm waiting for her to finish the man ahead of me, this other guy and I get to talking about Donald Trump. He's no more a fan of the boy president than I am, and pretty soon, we've got the whole shop laughing a
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The Democrats' Jewish problem
Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) comment that the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington pushes lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance to a foreign country" was bad enough. A watered-down House resolution condemning, not Omar, but "all hatred" was a
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Rep. Ilhan Omar's Feistiness Divides Democrats, Delights Republicans
W.C. Fields' famous line, "I am free of all prejudices; I hate everyone equally," sounded like a new motto for Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota's rising Democratic firebrand, when she took a verbal poke at, of all people, former President Barack Obama. Oma
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Fox 'News' Doesn't Deserve A Seat At The Table
Should Fox "News" have a seat at the table? Last week, the Democratic National Committee, citing a recent story in The New Yorker that painted the network as a propaganda machine for the Republican Party and its lamentable leader, said No. It pointed
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House Democrats Finding It Hard To Confront Anti-Semitism
The Democratic Party is having a rough time condemning anti-Semitism. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has, on several occasions, made classically anti-Semitic claims about American Jews, and the effort to formally denounce those statements in the House
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Is Kylie Jenner A Horatio Alger Story For Our Time?
What does it mean to be a "self-made" person of great wealth? It's a question that cropped up in many minds this week when Forbes magazine proclaimed cosmetics tycoon Kylie Jenner to be the world's youngest "self-made" billionaire at 21. Self-made? L
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Will Anti-Semitism Divide Democrats? It Already Has
As Democrats wrestled among themselves over the past week before taking a House vote to broadly condemn bigotry and hatred, I was reminded of what former President Barack Obama said in a fiery speech on the topic last fall. "We're supposed to stand u
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Re-inhabiting Planet Earth
"I believe that for a moment I thought the explosion might set fire to the atmosphere and thus finish the Earth, even though I knew that this was not possible." These words of Manhattan Project physicist Emilio Segre, quoted by Richard Rhodes in his
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Who Says Elections Don't Make A Difference?
To the victor belong the spoils. I can't tell you how many times over the last two years -- when I lamented Donald Trump's trashing of the Paris Accords, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, gutting environmental regulations or other disasters -- my
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Bryce Harper And Loyalty
President Harry Truman once said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." That truism can now be applied to baseball players, notably Bryce Harper. Harper, a former Washington National and now new member of their National League East rival,
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'I Wrote The Book On Black Fatherhood'
I wrote the book on black fatherhood. Literally. "Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood" was a deep dive into the absence and uninvolvement of African-American fathers in the lives of their children. Like many observers, I inferred th
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Trump Became A Human Pseudo-event At CPAC
Two years ago, at the dawn of the Trump administration, Kellyanne Conway predicted that 2017's CPAC would really be TPAC, or "Trump Pac." What was premature spin then is conventional wisdom now. The Conservative Political Action Conference has always
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Bibi And Trump Agonistes
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He's also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have r
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Will Michael Jackson's Legacy Survive The 'Leaving Neverland' Documentary?
When we first saw Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch on television in the late 1980s, a sarcastic friend of mine wisecracked, "Wow, that looks like a pedophile's paradise." I tried not to laugh. Like multitudes of others, I had been following Jackson'
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